He also suffered from a bad back, which gave him an old man’s gait.
The thought of being intimate with him repulsed me.
Beth, 44, is a witty, educated single woman who lives in northwest Charlotte and works in finance.
In April 2010, she had a second date with a man she met online.
The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.
Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.
At 65, my date (I’ll call him Jerry) was a few years older than me.
We’d been introduced by a mutual friend who thought we would be a good match.
There’s even a website, Our Time, devoted to the demographic. He spent a couple of hours completing e Harmony’s extensive questionnaire and self-assessment. Dave on the site, but he found the experience worthwhile and says he got to know a lot about himself during the process. “When you first get on a site, you’re going to find your greatest number of potential partners.” He had several intriguing matches, including a “whirlwind e-romance” that ended abruptly – when the would-be match blocked him without explanation.
After all, if he looked so unappealing in his clothes, what on earth would he look like naked?
Afterwards, many hundreds of people from around the world, men and women, contacted me to say they’d enjoyed the book and admired me for being so honest about what is still a fairly taboo subject: relationships between older women and younger men.
Jerry was a wealthy, highly successful, intelligent, divorced chap who worked in the film industry.
He owned four homes around the world and, on paper at least, ticked every box going. He was scruffy with a scratchy-looking grey beard that made him look horribly unkempt.